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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2007Archive Listing


Wednesday January 31, 2007

NVIDIA 100.59 SLI BETA Vista Drivers

NVIDIA has just released new BETA ForceWare 100.59 Vista drivers that are supposed to enable SLI support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs and DX9 (NOT DX10) support for GeForce 8800 GPUs. DX10 NVIDIA SLI support will be available in a future driver. Hereís a list of relase highlights:

This driver supports the following features for single GPUs: DirectX 9 support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs, DirectX 10 support for GeForce 8800 GPUs, OpenGL support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs.

NVIDIA SLI support DirectX 9 support for GeForce 8800 GPUs: OpenGL support for GeForce 8800 GPUs. DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver.

Grab the x86 version here and the 64-bit version here.

PowerColor Radeon X1950 PRO Extreme

[H] Enthusiast says that the PowerColor Radeon X1950 PRO Extreme is a very good value for the money. If you need a new video card that offers great gaming at a decent price, hit the link and read our evaluation.

They are not the best-known brand, but their hardware quality has always been top-notch. PowerColor's product lineup is extensive, ranging from Radeon 7000 based PCI graphics adaptors, all the way up to the highest-end Radeon X1950 XTX based CrossFire PCI-Express x16 video cards.

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Excels

Looking for a video card in the $200 range that will give you awesome gaming eye candy? And yes, it is a Radeon card that shows to be best bang for the buck! A welcome surprise.

Workaround For Vista Upgrade Limitation

One of the big complaints about buying the Vista upgrade edition is that most people thought you had to have a clean XP install prior to installing Vista. According to this, that isnít the case. If anyone has tried this successfully, let us know.

I haven't tested this yet, as I don't have Vista Upgrade media to test, but I'm told that Microsoft's internal documentation does explain how to clean install Vista using an Upgrade version. It appears to be more of a workaround than a true clean install, however.

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More S.T.A.L.K.E.R Screenshots

Shacknews has a handful of new S.T.A.L.K.E.R screenshots for those of you interested. I grabbed a low-res screenshot to whet your appetite, head on over for all the high-res screenshots.

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A new set of S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl screenshots is now available, though if you read the most recent previews you've probably seen them.

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Intel's 2007 Processor Plans

This story, citing sources close to Intel, says that the company will not begin introducing its 45nm-based quad-core and dual-core processors until 2008.

Intel has scheduled to continually raise the shipping ratio of Clovertown processors for 2-way servers from 30% in the first quarter 2007, to 70% in fourth quarter. While Woodcrest processors will drop from 60% in first quarter to 30% in fourth quarter, added the sources.

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Super Bowl Drives HDTV Prices Lower

According to DigiTimes, the Super Bowl is driving HDTV prices lower, sometimes price cuts can be as much as 50%. So if you are waiting to take the leap on a new HDTV, now might be the time.

Today's football fans have a wide choice of sets and display technologies, including direct-view models like LCD and PDP (plasma display panel), and rear-projection varieties like DLP (digital light processing), LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) and 3LCD.

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Tuesday January 30, 2007

That Ain't Good...

I spied some bad news in our forums for some of you HP printer owners that are looking to go Vista.

We are sorry to inform you that there will be no Windows Vista printer driver available for your HP product. Therefore your product will not work with Windows Vista.

If you are using the Windows Vista operating system on your computer, please consider upgrading to a newer HP product that is supported on Windows Vista.

HP has numerous products on the market that support Windows Vista:

Intel Up In Servers, AMD Wins In PCs

The numbers are in and it looks like Intel is reclaiming ground lost to AMD in the server market, while AMD is grabbing more of the desktop PC market.

Overall, AMD continued its gain in the x86 processor market, said Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company had 25.3 percent of chip shipments in the fourth quarter of 2006, an increase from 23.3 percent from the year-earlier quarter and the highest number in its history.

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NVIDIA ForceWare 100.54 Vista Drivers

All things being Vista today, NVIDIA is also joining the party with new 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista drivers. ForceWare version 100.54 includes the following support in Vista:

DirectX 9 support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs

DirectX 10 support for GeForce 8800 GPUs

OpenGL support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs

DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available on January 31, 2007 in a new driver from NVIDIA

DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver

For those waiting for SLI support in Vista with DX9 games that driver will be available tomorrow. You can discuss this new driver here.

Vista Feature Focus: 64-Bit Support

SuperSite for Windows has an article posted today that is a Windows Vista feature focus on 64-Bit (x64) support. Good reading for all of you planning on taking the Vista plunge.

One of the primary benefits of using an x64-based version of Windows Vista is that these versions provide dramatically improved security features when compared to their 32-bit counterparts. Most dramatically, the Windows Vista x64 versions include a new secret security feature that will virtually eliminate remote system attacks for the first time on the Windows platform.

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Windows Vista Gaming Performance

PCPerspective takes a long hard look at Windows Vista gaming performance. How much will Vista impact your gaming? Systems using both ATi and NVIDIA video cards are used for testing, the results might surprise you.

I decided to take the retail version of Windows Vista Ultimate, got the latest drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA as of Friday and began to spend my weekend testing. What is important to note here is that my intention is NOT to compare the ATI Radeon cards against NVIDIA GeForce cards -- rather it was to compare the gaming experiences provided by ATI and NVIDIA on both Windows XP and Windows Vista.